Background Information - Job-specific
Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data. Its vision is a future in which big data and AI are harnessed and used responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. To this end, Global Pulse will work to promote awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for sustainable development and humanitarian action, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate high-impact analytical tools and approaches through its network of Pulse Labs, and drive broad adoption of useful innovations across the UN System.
Global Pulse implements data innovation programs through its Pulse Labs to provide UN and development partners with access to the data, tools and expertise required to discover new uses of big data and AI for development. Global Pulse develops toolkits, applications and platforms to improve data-driven decision-making and support evaluation of promising solutions.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Data Engineer, the intern will:
Contribute to the efforts of the team in defining, designing and building tools harnessing big data to address global challenges;
Assist in the development of software tools to extract, process and analyze data sets from a variety of sources;
Maintain data monitoring systems that ingest real time information coming from radio streams and social media data;
Support the development of backend systems;
Document processes and workflows related to the use and maintenance of big data software platforms.
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